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Why Steph Curry Has Dots On His Shoulder

Steph Curry has apparently done some cupping.

Steph Curry, the reigning NBA MVP, begins his 2016-17 season tonight. The Golden State Warriors, now sporting Kevin Durant, are set to play the San Antonio Spurs.

If you're watching tonight's game, you might notice some black-ish dots in the area of Curry's shoulders. This is from the cupping therapy made notable by Michael Phelps at the Summer Olympics.

Curry's cupping was on-display this past Friday night during a preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Here's a closer look at Curry's dots.

Stephen Curry with cupping marks on his right shoulder.
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Here's how cupping therapy is described, from NBC:

Basically, cupping involves a cup attached to a pump. Athletes put the cup on their skin and create suction with the pump. Some say the technique increases blood flow and helps a person’s sore muscles heal.

According to WebMD, cupping therapy “dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures.”

Phelps apparently uses a version of the therapy that involves heat to create suction (it was even featured in his Under Armor ad announcing his return to competitive swimming).

Curry reportedly dealt with shoulder injuries toward the end of the 2015-16 NBA season and into the offseason.

He said this about the reported injuries at the time.

“I can’t even keep a straight face,” Curry said about a report he needed surgery. “Whoever said I was getting shoulder surgery and all that kind of stuff, we’ve got bumps and bruises, but every – we’ll be all right.”

Curry has looked pretty great this preseason, averaging 23.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game over the Warriors' last five contests. He averaged 30.1 points, 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game during the 2015-16 season during which Golden State won 73 games.

Golden State and San Antonio are set to tip off at 10:30 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on TNT.